The TIAC staff researches and prepares detailed case studies of recent successful—and unsuccessful—state and local legislative and ballot initiative campaigns aimed at increasing transportation infrastructure investment. For each case, the studies dig into the politics, issues, media and major players involved in the effort. You’ll also find here a summary of successful campaign “Best Practices” gleaned from this research.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed into law on Nov. 10, 2015, a package of bills to increase state gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to 26.3 cents-per-gallon; tax alternative fuels at the state motor fuel tax rate; establish an alternative fuel dealer license and fee; increase registration fees by 20 percent; and create a new annual fee for electric-powered motor vehicles. The measures are anticipated to generate approximately $1.2 billion per year once fully implemented.

An in-depth case study on the 2015 Michigan transportation funding increase is now available, including history of the state’s transportation revenue, the demonstrated need for an increase, the breakdown of the legislation and how it was passed, who supported the bill, and who opposed the bill. To view the case study, visit: Michigan Transportation Funding Package(2015). To view other case studies, visit the ‘Campaign Case Studies’ tab.

TIAC attempts to track all ongoing state and local transportation funding and financing developments in real time and reports on them frequently through our Blog. If you would like to contribute information to this effort, please contact the TIAC staff.